As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality Conferences and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA or the Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. It also provides significant variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these categories.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the NPA are related to activities that support the Agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.
The Agency was established by the Northern Pipeline Act (Act) in 1978 to facilitate the planning and construction by Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. (Foothills) of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline (AHGP) project and to maximize social and economic benefits from its construction and operation while minimizing any adverse effects.
In February 2013, Foothills notified the Agency that no further work is planned on the AHGP for now; however the company intends to maintain the AHGP assets in Canada.
In support and development of its programs and mandate, the Agency normally incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenditures. To align with the reduction in the AHGP project activities for the foreseeable future, the Agency has scaled down its operations to a minimal level while continuing to fulfill Canada’s ongoing obligations as set out in the Act.
For more information on NPA Plans and Priorities, see the 2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities.
Total annual expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences for the Agency are summarized below:
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for
the Year Ending
March 31, 2016
|Expenditures for the
March 31, 2015
|Travel – Public Servants||2||0||2|
|Travel – Non-Public Servants||0||0||0|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel)||0||0||0|
Significant Variances compared with the Previous Fiscal Year
Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2014-15, the NPA’s travel expenditures by public servants increased by $2 thousand, due to a single trip to finalize arrangements for transfer of an Agency’s office accommodations to a smaller footprint location.